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Former Royals hitting coach Kevin Seitzer agrees to deal with Toronto

Updated: 2013-10-31T04:57:43Z

By BOB DUTTON

The Kansas City Star

Former Royals hitting coach Kevin Seitzer is back in the big leagues as the new hitting coach for the Toronto Blue Jays, according to sources close to the situation.

An official announcement on a one-year deal could come as soon as Thursday.

The move reunites Seitzer with former Royals bench coach John Gibbons, who returned last year to manage the Blue Jays. Gibbons and Seitzer served on the Royals’ staff during 2009-11 under managers Trey Hillman and Ned Yost.

Seitzer, 51, spent four years as the Royals’ hitting coach before getting fired following the 2012 season over what amounted to philosophical differences with Yost.

Seitzer also spent part of 2007 as Arizona’s hitting coach.

The Jays’ position became open when they fired Chad Mottola following a last-place finish in the American League East Division. Toronto finished eighth among the 15 AL clubs in scoring and 10th in average.

Reports in Toronto previously indicated Gibbons preferred to hire a replacement with whom he had a previous working relationship.

Seitzer batted .295 in a 12-year playing career from 1986-97 and was an All-Star selection in 1987 as a rookie with the Royals and in 1995 while playing for Milwaukee.

To reach Bob Dutton, Royals reporter for The Star, send email to bdutton@kcstar.com. Follow his updates at twitter.com/Royals_Report.

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